By: E&P Staff
The profanity-laced tirades of impeached Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich recorded by the FBI are proving a big hit for The State Journal-Register in Springfield, Ill.
Within 24 hours of offering excerpts of the tapes as ringtones for phones, mopre than 44,000 of the tirades had been downloaded.
The favorite, not surprisingly, is the tape that has Blagojevich, referring to his power to appoint a successor to the Illinois U.S. Senate seat being vacated at the time by President Barack Obama, ““I’ve got this thing and it’s (expletive) golden.” The State Journal-Register said it had been downloaded 6,339 times by early Saturday morning.
As SJ-R reporter Brian Mackey put it in his blog over the weekend in one example of the free ringtones:
“Remember those heady days of arrest and impeachment with these classic bits, from Blagojevich’s Nov. 10, 2008, conference call (PDF) with Patti Blagojevich, general counsel Bill Quinlan and advisers Bill Knapp and Doug Sosnik:
“Look it, I gotta tell you: I don’t wanna be governor for the next two years. I wanna get going. I’ll, I, this has been two (expletive) (expletive) years where I’m doing the best I can trying to get through a brick wall and find ways around stuff but it’s like just (expletive) my family and time is passing me by and I’m stuck. It’s no good. It’s no good. I gotta get moving. The whole world’s passing me by and I’m stuck in this (expletive) job as governor now.”
The ringtones are available here.